Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Pokagon Language & Culture Center

Dowagiac, MI
8,000 SF

Our design team provided architectural and engineering services for the construction of the Pokagon Band Language & Culture Center. Phase I of a multi-phase building approach consisted of a 5,000-square-foot administration building with a classroom for language and cultural teaching and administrative offices for cultural staff and native language speakers.

This phase also included a 2,400-square-foot multipurpose building consisting of flex space for gatherings and cultural teaching such as basket making, and to be used as a tribal historic preservation space. This space included archival facilities and mechanical equipment.

Seven Generations works hard, stays humble, and is patient. What consistently stood out is their depth of commitment and sensitivity to the cultural values and traditions inherent in Indigenous communities, the interactions and outcomes of relationships in the built environment, and for the people who will be affected.” -Marcus Winchester

The building entrance and main hall are designed to evoke a remembrance of a traditional long house, and are made of indigenous wood. This, combined with the natural finishes being used throughout the building, adds a sense of nature into the building. The design also uses materials such as stone that are native to the specific project site, and includes plants that are not only region, but specific to the site's history. This approach not only ensures survival of the native species, but moves the land closer to its natural state.

The facility also provides a tornado shelter for the building’s occupants made of reinforced concrete. The archival space is built to meet the National Archives and Records Administration (1571) guidelines as well as the FEMA guidelines.

Contact us

If you are interested in beginning a new project, you are a potential teaming partner, or you just want to chat about great architecture and engineering, please drop us a note.

Bodwé Professional Services

415 E. Prairie Ronde St.
Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering

600 East Michigan Avenue
Suite B
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

3463 Magic Drive,
Suite T15
San Antonio, TX 78229

The Steelhead Engineering Company

259 E. Michigan Ave.,
Suite 407
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

WBK Engineering

116 W. Main St.
Suite 201
St. Charles, IL 60174

68 E. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Blue Star Integrative Studio

320 S. Boston Avenue
Ste. 1710
Tulsa, OK 74103

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